After over a decade of anticipation for the construction of a new police station, Duxbury residents and law enforcement finally have an end in sight, with a move-in date projected for the first of March.
Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy said the project is ahead of schedule and final touches will be put in place in the next two to three weeks. Clancy said a “comedy of errors” played a major role in delaying the construction for nearly 12 years.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Clancy said. “The townspeople have definitely recognized that the new station was necessary.”
The new station, which now sits at 155 Mayflower St., aims to resolve many of the issues in the current station. Highlights include: appropriate accommodations for both female and male locker rooms, an evidence processing room, a state of the art training room, a break room and small kitchen.
Gregory Carell, owner of the architectural firm, the Carell Group, said the project is ahead of schedule and on budget. Right now, they are working on interior mechanical and electrical systems and putting on the finishing touches.
“The construction quality is good and we are pleased with the contractor,” he said. “The building has really taken shape.”
The current station is home to about 60 employees and doesn’t have enough space to handle all the necessary processing. The building, which has fallen into apparent disrepair, has also seen septic leaks, termites in the evidence room and loose wires.
Building commissioner Scott J. Lambiase said the only surprise they have had during construction was finding some unacceptable soils on the front lawn that had to be removed. Otherwise, construction has been going smoothly.
“We’ve been very lucky,” Lambiase said. “It’s not over yet, but we are almost there.”
Lambiase said after they move in to the new facility the old facility will be demolished and the site cleaned up. Hopefully, he said, the site will be auctioned off to help pay off the debt of the new building.
Clancy, who has been in Duxbury for almost three years, said he saw momentum for the project grow when he arrived and has noticed a jump in anticipation as the finish date approaches.
“We are all really excited about it,” he said. “Everyone here has worked so hard in this building; they deserve it.”